Internal Revenue Service Even Handed After All

Liberal commentators in all media and even on this blog have been eager to announce that the IRS was an equal opportunity offender between left and conservative groups and that, therefore, there is not much of a (new) scandal attached to the IRS.

Peggy Noonan resets the clock in her column of Wall Street Journal of 6/29/13. (All boldings below come from me.)

“According to a House Ways and Means Committee source , only seven (7) cases of the 298 cases flagged by the IRS for extra scrutiny appear to represent progressive causes. Not one of the seven was subjected to harassment and abuse. Of the seven, only two were sent follow-up questionnaires after their application for tax-exempt status was received…And all seven saw their applications approved….”

The “source” was not identified by name. Want to bet it does not exist?

“…Russel George, the Treasury Inspector General whose audit broke open the scandal answered Rep. Sander Levin’s charge that the audit had ignored the targeting of progressives (by the IRS, bolding and comment mine;):

‘ The evidence showed conservative groups were singled out by the IRS, not liberal groups. While some progressive groups may have ended up on a BOLO list, the IRS did not target them. We did not find evidence that the criteria you (Rep. Levin), labeled “Progressive” were used by the IRS to select potential political cases during the 2010 to 2013 time frame we audited. One hundred per cent of the groups with “Tea Party,” “Patriot,” or “9/12″ in their names were given extra scrutiny.'”

Soon, very soon, the Internal Revenue Service will withdraw its apology for misdeeds it gave about two weeks ago precisely for persecuting, treating unfairly conservative-sounding groups. Right?

I wish the liberal deniers on this matter were cunning and twisted rather than something else. It’s easier to deal with conscious dishonesty than with the alternative. Many 1932 Germans were also not twisted, not consciously dishonest; they just would not see the evidence of their eyes.

About Jacques Delacroix

I write short stories, current events comments, and sociopolitical essays, mostly in English, some in French. There are other people with the same first name and same last name on the Internet. I am the one who put up on Amazon in 2014: "I Used to Be French: an Immature Autobiography" and also: "Les pumas de grande-banlieue." To my knowledge, I am the only Jacques Delacroix with American and English scholarly publications. In a previous life, I was a teacher and a scholar in Organizational Theory and in the Sociology of Economic Development. (Go ahead, Google me!) I live in the People’s Green Socialist Republic of Santa Cruz, California.
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9 Responses to Internal Revenue Service Even Handed After All

  1. Pingback: Internal Revenue Service Even Handed After All | Notes On Liberty

  2. Terry Amburgey says:

    Interesting…
    “The unredacted IRS treasury report was released today and it turns out we’ve all been lied to in a huge way. Progressive groups were singled out for scrutiny just like conservative groups. But worse than that, the IRS Inspector General misled Congress about this fact during testimony and in letters, and the progressive terms were “redacted” in the original report.”

    So the quote above that Jacques was so proud of is FALSE. The republican IG perjures himself in a political witchhunt so I’m sure that Jacques (who finds it easy to deal with conscious dishonesty) will arise in indignation. But I’m not holding my breath…

    • Terry: Sure thing. Thank you for the heads up.

      Since you must have read the document to which you refer, it would be an act of kindness to provide a link here for others to judge (not only me) whether conservative groups were especially targeted by the IRS. And I agree in advance that if you are correct, newspapers’ willingness to retract will be a measure of their good faith.

      The information I used came from the Wall Street Journal to the tune of 90% or so.

  3. Terry Amburgey says:

    Here’s a link describing the new documents and with links to some of the documents themselves such as a powerpoint slide deck.

    http://democrats.oversight.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5946&Itemid=104

    • Terry: Congressman (Representative) Elijah Cumming is unhappy. Well, I will be (impropriety)!

      I could not find the “unredacted treasury IRS report” you seemed to promise. It could easily be m my fault, my incompetence that I was not able to locate it.

      Could you please give us a link direct to that document without useless meanders is completely predictable and useless territory?

      I suspect you are confusing the congressman’s irate questions with facts.

      Note for overseas readers: members of Congress (both Houses) can ask any questions they wish in the press including inane questions. They are not bound by ordinary standards of truth (either party).

  4. Terry Amburgey says:

    My pleasure. let’s begin with the original report from Mr. George, [Office of the Inspector General] of the IRS. You don’t have to read the whole thing but as an example of redacted information look at page 14, footnote 33. In the text you’ll see “For the 296 potential political cases we reviewed,33…” When you go to the bottom of the page you’ll see a string of asterisks instead of a description of the potential political cases. That information was redacted.

  5. Terry Amburgey says:

    Part two. I’m providing a link to an IRS document describing the new information released. In particular it’s info that was previously redacted. A plain text description of the new info plus other recently released info is at the link I provided above. I applaud your interest in original sources and I hope that you will overcome your aversion to legal documents.

    http://democrats.waysandmeans.house.gov/sites/democrats.waysandmeans.house.gov/files/IRS%20Letter%20to%20Levin%20August%2019%2C%202013.pdf

  6. Terry: You wrote this:

    “Interesting…
    “The unredacted IRS treasury report was released today and it turns out we’ve all been lied to in a huge way. Progressive groups were singled out for scrutiny just like conservative groups. ”

    I am afraid to become confused by your many apparent replies. Because of my limitations, I request that you guide us clearly to the “unredacted IRS Treasury report” and to nothing else, for the time being. That means NOTHING else.

    I have a great interest in the claim that the IRS mistreated more or less equally “progressive” or liberal and conservative groups.

    I have a limited interest in the alleged turpitudes of any IRS employee in advance of a trial.

    Please, don’t do anything to distract me (and us).

    Thank you in advance.

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